For Newman: The lights go down on Broadway
mchawk | October 3, 2008 at 03:10 pmby
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Paul Newman, who died on September 26th, aged 83.
At 8pm local time, all Broadway theatre marquees will be dimmed for one minute in honour of the actor, who made his first appearance on Broadway in 1953 in the original New York production of William Inge’s Picnic, winning a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut.
It was also there that he met his future wife, actress Joanne Woodward, who auditioned for an understudy role in the play.
In a statement Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, said, "For over half a century Paul Newman has graced our stages and inspired our souls with his brilliant talent. He received a Tony nomination for his inventive role as the Stage Manager in Our Town. After beginning his illustrious career on stage, his love for theatre continued throughout his life as demonstrated by the Newman family's support of the renowned Westport Country Playhouse. Off-stage, his tireless devotion to philanthropic work has enhanced many lives and worthwhile causes. His presence everywhere will be missed."